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Eight ways natural medicine could help you stay healthy this winter

Naturopathic medicine combines ancient traditional healing techniques with modern scientific-based medicine to treat patients holistically. A naturopath focuses on the whole person and aims to get to the root cause of an illness rather than simply treat symptoms.

Naturopaths believe in preventing illness and use techniques to harness the body’s own healing ability. As part of this they may suggest herbal remedies, dietary changes, regular exercise and techniques to reduce stress such as massage and yoga.

Many of these remedies can be delivered alongside conventional medical treatment.

Safety is of the utmost importance and it is vital that patients consult a registered naturopath when seeking treatment.

Members of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) are trained to degree level and must follow a strict code of conduct and meet ethical standards of practice. The GCRN is the largest and oldest registering body for practitioners of naturopathy in the UK.

Tom Greenfield has been a member of the GCRN for 21 years. Here he shares his advice on how stay healthy this winter:

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General Council and Register of Naturopaths statement on life-ban of Australian 'naturopath'

The General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) has issued a statement on Australian ‘naturopath’, Barbara O’Neill, who was banned from practising for life by the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission.


The HCCC found that Mrs O’Neill, who had no formal training in naturopathy or any other health discipline, misled vulnerable clients with ‘dubious and dangerous health claims’, including that cancer was a fungus and could be cured by bicarbonate of soda and that pregnant women should not take antibiotics for streptococcus B infections because ‘no baby has ever died from Strep B catching out of birth’. Figures actually show that early-onset Strep B has a fatality rate of 14% in newborn babies, which is reduced by 80% with antibiotics.


President of the GCRN, Aliyyaa Spring-Charles, said: “I was horrified to learn about this case and saddened that the actions of one person, who was an unregistered naturopath, have tarnished the reputation of our profession. Read more...

Inaugural naturopath summit to focus on hormonal conditions

The British Naturopathic Association will focus on demystifying hormones at its inaugural summit next month, it has announced.
The event, which will take place on 16 November 2019 at London’s British College of Osteopathy (BCOM), will focus on the symptoms, causes and treatment of hormonal disorders from a naturopathic perspective. Read more...

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